DPM Cataloging to Recover SharePoint Items

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

SharePoint cataloging is the process of collecting lists of URLs (such as site collections, sites, documents, or lists) in a SharePoint farm.

In DPM, cataloging is a separate task from the task to create a recovery point for a SharePoint farm. The catalog task is scheduled automatically when you configure SharePoint farm protection. SharePoint cataloging happens automatically only once a day, regardless of the number of backups that are taken each day.

By default, the catalog task is scheduled to run three hours after the first scheduled backup of the corresponding SharePoint farm in the day. To modify the default schedule, run the Set-ProtectionJobStartTime cmdlet in DPM Management Shell on the DPM server.

In DPM 2010, creating a catalog of the farm (list of URLs within the farm) is tightly tied to the backup of the SharePoint farm.


Set-ProtectionJobStartTime–ProtectionGroup <ProtectionGroup Object> –CatalogOffset <Offset in Minutes>


Parameter Description


Provide the protection group that contains the SharePoint farm.


The offset will change for all the SharePoint farms in this protection group.

For more information about the ProtectionGroup object, type Get-help Get-ProtectionGroup –Full in DPM Management Shell.


Provide the offset from the time of the first scheduled backup in a day for the SharePoint farm. The value entered here should be in minutes. Default is 180 minutes.

When you change the offset for the catalog task, ensure that cataloging for the SharePoint farm begins only after the recovery point prior to the task is completed.

To run the catalog task by using DPM Management Shell

Use the following syntax to run the cmdlet Start-CreateCatalog:

Start-CreateCatalog –DataSource <DataSourceObject>

DataSource - Provides the DataSource object for the SharePoint farm for which the catalog needs to be run. For more information about the DataSource object, type Get-Help Get-DataSource –Full in DPM Management Shell.